Ibrahim Kuni

Ibrāhīm Kūnī (sometimes translated as Ibrāhīm al-Kōnī) (Arabic: ابراهيم الكوني‎) is a Libyan writer[1][2] and one of the most prolific Arabic novelists.


Early yearsEdit

Born in 1948 in the Fezzan Region, Ghadamis City, Ibrahim Kuni was brought up on the tradition of the Tuareg, popularly known as "the veiled men" or "the blue men." Mythological elements, spiritual quest and existential questions mingle in the writings of Kuni who has been hailed as magical realist, Sufi fabulist and poetic novelist.

He spent his childhood in the desert and learned to read and write Arabic when he was twelve. Kuni studied comparative literature at the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute in Moscow and then worked as a journalist in Moscow and Warsaw.


By 2007, Kuni had published more than 80 books and received numerous awards. All written in Arabic, his books have been translated into 35 languages. His novel Gold Dust appeared in English in 2008. In 2015, Kuni was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, which as of 2016 is his most prestigious international accolade.


  • Ibrahim Kuni, Anubis: A Desert Novel. Translated by William M. Hutchins
  • Ibrahim Kuni, Gold Dust. Translated by Elliott Colla. London: Arabia Books, 2008. ISBN 978-1-906697-02-0
  • Ibrahim Kuni, The Animists. Translated by Elliott Colla.
  • Ibrahim Kuni, The Bleeding of the Stone. Translated by May Jayyusi and Christopher Tingley.
  • Ibrahim Kuni, The Puppet. Translated by William M. Hutchins.
  • Ibrahim Kuni, The Seven Veils of Seth. Translated by William M. Hutchins. Reading, UK: Garnet Publishing, 2008. ISBN 978-1-85964-202-3
  • Meinrad Calleja, "The Philosophy of Desert Metaphors in Ibrahim al-Koni - The Bleeding of the Stone', 2013, Faraxa Publishers

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Mohammed Hujairi (6 February 2011). "Archived copy" الأدباء وورطة الجوائز... من بهاء طاهر إلى جابر عصفور. الجريدة (in Arabic). Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ الليبي إبراهيم الكوني يفوز بجائزة الرواية العربية ويتبرع بها لأطفال "الطوارق". Al Arabiya (in Arabic). 15 December 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2011.